Animal Abusers Deserve Harsher Punishment


Target: Wei Kuo-yen, Taiwanese Minister of Environmental Protection

Goal: Increase the prison sentence for animal abusers and implement reforms to ensure animals and people are better protected.

Heavier penalties for animal abusers are desperately needed in Taiwan. A person who kills or seriously harms an animal currently faces a maximum of just one year in prison. Over 20 animal welfare groups are pushing for this sentence to be increased to two years, and to also apply to people who harm animals for food production and other commercial purposes.

Reforms to the justice system are also crucial, as judges currently hand out light sentences to perpetrators as they consider animal abuse a petty crime and believe that Taiwanese prisons are overcrowded enough. Pan Han-Shen of the Association of Taiwan Tree-huggers explains that these reforms are vital as animal abusers are likely to move on to harming children and other vulnerable people. Prison reforms are also needed to ensure that perpetrators who do serve time do not become more violent upon their release.

Sign this petition urging the Taiwanese government to protect animals and people by increasing abusers’ prison sentences.


Dear Mr. Wei,

Animal abusers in Taiwan currently face a maximum of one year in prison for their crimes, even if this includes causing the disability or death of one or more animals. Moreover, prison sentences are rarely handed out, with perpetrators able to pay small fines instead.

The maximum prison sentence for abusing animals desperately needs to be lengthened. Moreover, it must include people who harm and kill animals in food production and other commercial purposes. People who harm animals are likely to move on to hurting people next. This is why justice and prison reforms are crucially needed to ensure perpetrators are sent to jail and released only when they are no longer a danger to society.

I urge you to protect animals and people by amending the Animal Protection Act and introducing heavier penalties for animal abuse.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Lawren Rudley Lawren Rudley says:

    Instant death to anyone who abuses an animal

  2. Todd Fletcher says:

    WEAK ASS LAWS = High crime!

  3. it’s the same thing everywhere anyway or else it’s even worse. Not more than 2 years in jail no matter what the abuser(s)did for the poor animal(s)

  4. Cynthia Mattera says:

    People who abuse, torture, or kill an animal should be charged with a felony!!!!

  5. Anita Culling says:

    Animal cruelty should be punished the same way as cruelty to children. Both do not have a voice. The world needs to change its attitude to the way it treats animals

  6. Catherine Dugan says:

    Anyone who feels it’s okay to hurt or kill a poor defenseless animal is not a person I’d like to know!
    This animals are here to give us companionship and love, not to be treated like a punching bag!
    Animal abuse laws need to be way more stricter! People who hurt and/or kill an animal deserve to be put in jail for a long time! And they need to understand that animal abuse is not okay!


  8. Sarah Rose says:

    Animal abusers should be eliminated from society and put away for life with no chance of parole. These bastards are monsters preying on innocent animals and there should be no tolerance for the cruelty they inflict on helpless animals. The penalties for animal abuse must be harsher with no leniency of any kind. It is time for those in authority with the ability to change laws to do something about the type of punishment given. A slap on the wrist is unacceptable and so is a short prison sentence. Rewrite stricter laws which will save animals and put abusers away for a very long time. Furthermore these bastards should not be able to get any more animals.

  9. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & Shared. ?

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